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This Sunday, WWE presents the Fastlane Pay Per View, a speed bump on the Road to WrestleMania, between the much more important Royal Rumble and WrestleMania PPVs. In fact, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship won’t even be defended on this show, as the champion, Triple H, has decided to use the opportunity to have three of his greatest enemies battle it out for the chance to face him in the main event of WrestleMania. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar will lock horns for that coveted spot, and who can say which man might emerge victorious?

Actually, we can. That’s what we’re doing here, telling you who we think will be taking home the victory in that match, and every other bout at Fastlane. So sit back, strap in, and enjoy the ride!

8. Kalisto vs Alberto Del Rio – 2/3 Falls For The US Championship

We had kind of hoped that this feud would be over after these two traded the title back and forth three times in January, but apparently one more match was needed to settle things for good (hopefully). This match got unceremoniously bumped to the pre-PPV kickoff show, while simultaneously adding the 2/3 Falls stipulation, so we’re not quite sure whether to expect a classic or one of the most rushed three fall matches in wrestling history. Kalisto and Del Rio actually do work well together, as long as Sin Cara doesn’t get involved and Del Rio stops trying to hit his stupid corner stomp finisher, so it might be one to watch. In the end, we’re picking Kalisto to retain and leave the floundering League of Nations in his rear view mirror (sorry, we promise to cut back on the car-related puns). Source:

7. The New Day Will Appear!

Arguably, it’s disappointing that The New Day aren’t wrestling, but New Day promos are at least half the fun of having them around. Plus, did you really want them to wrestle The Usos again? This will mostly be about promoting Edge and Christian’s sketch comedy shot that will debut after Fastlane, but we can’t help but feel that it’s another golden opportunity to debut a new tag team that could feud with The New Day leading into WrestleMania. Or maybe we just really want to see Enzo Amore and Big Cass on the main roster and we’re looking for every opportunity to get them there. In any event, there is no match here, but offbeat shenanigans are guaranteed, and that means that we’re all winners. Source:

6. Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs Naomi & Tamina

Sure, this could all be a set-up for Sasha to turn on Becky Lynch and re-align with Team BAD, but we’re not quite ready to consign Becky to her role as the new female version of Sting quite yet. Plus, we were pretty happy to see Sasha break away as a singles wrestler so she can be everything we ever wanted her to be. So, Team BAE (Best At Everything) re-unites for one night only, and given that we’re pretty sure Sasha, at least, has a date with the Divas Championship at WrestleMania, we don’t feel great about Naomi and Tamina’s chances here. Source:

5. Kane, Big Show, and Ryback vs The Wyatt Family

So, theoretically, there was someone who really wanted this match to happen, because here it is. Also, setting it up involved taking over the main event portion of Raw, so we hope everyone involved is pleased with themselves. Seriously, this match gets to take place on the Pay Per View and an actual 2/3 Falls title match gets bumped to the pre-show? There’s no justice in this world. At any rate, in theory, Bray Wyatt is still being built up for his annual WrestleMania loss, this time to Brock Lesnar, although he’s not actually wrestling in this match. Meanwhile, everyone on the alleged face side of the equation is pretty expendable at this point, so a Wyatt Family win seems almost certain. If you’re interested in a prop bet, we’ve got good money that says at some point in the match at least one person will have a “big man staring contest” with Braun Strowman in an effort to get the crowd to care. Source:

4. Brie Bella vs Charlotte – Divas Championship

As much as this seems like Brie is only getting a sympathy push because of her husband retiring, that’s simply not true. In fact, she was already getting a sympathy push because of her sister’s neck surgery. We’re not entirely comfortable with living in a world where we’re supposed to like Team Bella, which is probably why we can’t bring ourselves to watch Total Divas. Anyway, we’d have less of a problem with this if it were Nikki vs Charlotte, because Brie, sadly, is her sister’s inferior in all wrestling-related instances. It’s time to see how much like her old man Charlotte really is, and find out if she can get a good match out of the proverbial broomstick. This is just a stop-gap for Charlotte, who should win fairly easily, because we’re getting some form of Horsewomen match at WrestleMania, or there will be hell to pay for somebody. Source:

3. Dolph Ziggler vs Kevin Owens – Intercontinental Championship

Kevin Owens having the Intercontinental title back feels right, at least as long as there’s no chance he could be WWE World Heavyweight Champion, which sadly seems to be the case. His matches with Ziggler over the past month have at least reminded us why we liked Dolph in the first place after a disastrous 2015 sent him into a death spiral as a character and a successful wrestler, but with Ziggler eking out a couple of wins over the new champion already, it makes sense that Owens should come away with a successful title defense at Fastlane. Especially since the match was literally set up the week before the Pay Per View (arguably, Owens hadn’t won the belt until then). We’re still waiting for a judgement on whether this match should even take place, though, since Owens clearly denied Ziggler a shot. It’s on tape and everything. Why must The Authority only help the babyfaces when it hurts Kevin Owens? Source:

2. AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho

It’s hard to believe that this feud wasn’t stretched out until WrestleMania, but maybe we’re just jumping the gun. Jericho’s been more and more heelish in dealing with Styles, allowing him to be slightly more “cool” and slightly less “cool dad”. The first match between these two was good, but highlighted by Jericho struggling to keep up with Styles. That seems to have spurred Jericho to show that he’s still got something left in the tank, and their second match was decidedly better. With (hopefully) more time on Pay Per View and a motivated Jericho, this could be a launching pad for Styles into bigger and better things, and the first time Jericho’s actually come back and put someone over in a way that might benefit them. Not that we’re entirely blaming Jericho for that, because who in their right mind thought Fandango was going anywhere? Source:

1. Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns – Winner Becomes #1 Contender

The way WWE has been booking things this past month, many people have allowed themselves to believe that Dean Ambrose might just have a chance to pull out the upset and get that deserved main event spot. Unfortunately, there’s almost no way that’s going to happen. At some point, Brock will be sidetracked by the Wyatt Family, and when it comes right down to it, you already know the results. No matter how popular Dean Ambrose has become recently, no matter how many better matches and crowd reactions and promos he’s been a part of this year, that spot in the main event of WrestleMania has belonged to Roman Reigns since roughly five seconds after they decided he wasn’t going to win the title at last year’s WrestleMania. Whether we like it or not, Reigns is getting another crowning moment, and to do that, he has to win here.

Wow, that ended on kind of a down note. Enjoy Fastlane, everybody! Source:

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.